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RE: Ram suspension problem

Frame Bent, had a friend with a new Ram frame bent This is what I would suspect too. But aren't all the crossmembers welded? I had an F650 rollback that got tweaked. Almost the same way, where the driver front corner was sitting about 2" low. Put new springs on. Twice. No change. Finally corner-weighed it to rule out springs, then center-jacked the front end. The frame was twisted about 5". Probably from loading a heavy truck while diagonal in a ditch. The F650s use Huck-bolts on all the crossmembers, so we loosened them all (got some good snaps and pops in the process), set it on jack stands, and torqued them back up. All was good after that.
carringb 11/21/19 07:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Getting Ready for First Tow with the EcoBoost!

Do you pick it up from U-haul with the car? When I tried to pick up a trailer with a lighter vehicle than I was going to tow with, they would not let me. Yes. Never an issue. I can't reserve the largest 6x12 trailers for the Fiesta (That's a 5x10 in the pic), but all of the sizes are allowed for the Focus.
carringb 11/19/19 06:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Getting Ready for First Tow with the EcoBoost!

Good point, they do have surge brakes...oh well. Bryan is that pic for real?!?! Of course! I prefer the tandem axle U-hauls because of the surge brakes, where the single-axles don't get them (stopping distances are fine, but with surge brakes braking feels the same as unloaded). I use one of the cars any time I'm towing a smaller trailer now. I get 22 MPG towing an enclosed trailer with either car (Fiesta 1.0 or Focus 2.0 EcoBoost) or 24-28 pulling a flatbed, which is way better than the van solo! The van is just overkill for small trailers. Plus I try to keep the miles off it these days, since it's approaching 500k and I'd like to wait a few more years before building out a new one.
carringb 11/18/19 09:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Getting Ready for First Tow with the EcoBoost!

You'll hardly feel it. Unless you load that trailer with negative tongue weight, trailer sway won't happen on their tandem axle trailers. Even towing one of these behind my Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost was completely unremarkable. No sway, no push, no crazy RPMs. https://i.ibb.co/vPBSPXC/IMG-2506.jpg
carringb 11/18/19 04:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Toyota RAV4 FWD

I haven't driven a 2019 Rav-4, but... Generic warning for cars with electronic parking brakes: Many of them automatically engage when the driver-door is opened, to prevent rollaways if the driver forget to place the transmission in park.
carringb 11/18/19 06:19am Dinghy Towing
RE: Midsize car for towing

Fusion would be my pick. The 6-speed auto is durable, and the EcoBoost is torquey. I tow 2,000 pounds with my Focus ST, which shares the 2.0 EcoBoost with the Fusion, but has the 6-speed manual instead. Towing 2,000 pounds effortless, and if they offered the 3,500# receiver like they do in Europe and Asia, I wouldn't hesitate to tow more.
carringb 11/17/19 09:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Banks Differential Cover

This whole thing reminds me of a solution waiting for a nonexistent problem. Kind of like people freaking out over 240F ATF temps. :R Well I've turned my gear oil into sludge with the stock cover, and turned a couple sets of ring and pinion gears blue from heat, using a "flat back" cover. My diff temp gauge maxes out at 250F. While 250F won't break down synthetic gear oil, it does affect the additives in them, and if I run that hot for a while, I'll end up with limited slip chatter until I change the oil. If I see it climbing past 250F and I'm not near the top of a grade, I pull over and let it cool. Or slow down if I'm not going to hold up any traffic. Does everybody need this? Nope. Not at all. But anybody running over factory GCWR and over factory HP levels, and tows through mountain states, they should at least monitor their diff temps. They might be a candidate. If anything happens to my current flat-back (or I blow up another axle), I might consider one of these. But for now, I'll just continue with my M.O, and pull over for 15 minutes once a year (if that).
carringb 11/09/19 07:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: I take back all the good stuff I've said about Les Schwabs!

Full brake assembly replacement has been their corporate policy for at least the last 20 years. Nothing new there, except that previously local managers had the authority to make exceptions. Most of that local control has gone away, due the "L" word mentioned above. They are upfront about that generally, and if you do need a full brake job, they tend to come in lower than other shops, and much lower than dealers, while having a better warranty. The warranty is 3 years / 25,000 miles. Most OEM brake jobs, and some large chains, only get a 1 year warranty. And some private shops only do a 90 day warranty. If they do one at all. They've never done oil changes.
carringb 11/05/19 06:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford V10 Catalytic Converter

This place claims to have them. I also see them on ebay, don't know how good hey are. * This post was edited 11/03/19 09:23pm by T18skyguy * Thanks. These are universal fit ones that require welding. Have found a few of those. Looking to bolt on the existing piping.Why, so they can easily steal it again. Get one welded on. Installation doesn't matter. Either way it's only few seconds with a sawzall. Nobody is breaking bolts loose to steel a cat.
carringb 11/04/19 10:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford V10 Catalytic Converter

I replaced mine last year, simply because with almost 500,000 miles, it wasn't cleaning up the exhaust well anymore. I went through my local muffler shop, and they had a couple options for a high-flow replacement units designed for the V10. It wasn't cheap (pretty close $1,000), but clean exhaust is important to me, since I do idle extensively at times for stationary power. I don't believe salvage yards are supposed to sell used cats, because they can't verify that they are any good still.
carringb 11/04/19 08:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sway Control options - help please

X2 - If you already have the Reese system, it's a minor upgrade to add the dual-cam setup, which works very well.
carringb 10/30/19 11:30am Towing
RE: Pig tail propane tank connector hoses.

I'd love to hear a recommendation too. I've had this same problem. Seem I get about 2 years a hose.
carringb 10/30/19 06:17am Travel Trailers
RE: 28 Foot / Chevy Chassis, Looking to upgrade suspension...

I'm a fan a sumo springs. They are a great supplement for supporting a cargo load. They are not however, a fix for sagging or overloaded leaf springs. If might not hurt to weight your coach first, to get a baseline. If you are at or over GAWR, you might need to add a leaf first. They probably won't do anything for getting blown around (sway bar and shocks help more with this), but they can improve the loaded ride of you coach. And it's a good idea to weight anyways, to make sure you aren't overloaded on the rear tires. "28 foot" models tend to ride on short wheelbases compared to their overall length, so diligent loading can be really important.
carringb 10/30/19 06:15am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gap year, family of 6, TV and TT recommendations

You would be better off buying a class C and towing your minivan on a dolly. No way in the world you should try and fit 6 people in a crew cab pickup for more than an hour. Most class C's don't have the CCC for a family. Some only have 900lbs! Hardly enough for a couple let alone a family of 6. That's not always true. Yes, many luxury versions are really tailored for couples. But some larger family floor-plans have nearly 2000 pounds of CCC on the E450 chassis. This certainly wouldn't leave a lot of headroom for packing heavy, but with 7500 pounds of towing capacity, some of the cargo can go in the toad! Just one example with enough seatbelts and sleeping space, and over 1900 pounds CCC: https://forestriverinc.com/rvs/ImageHandler.ashx?ImageID=99420 width=600
carringb 10/29/19 07:40am Towing
RE: In-Coil Airbags

There should be no vertical free-play unloaded/deflated. The include some plastic "pucks" to take up the space. With too much slack, they'll build pressure without support weight. They need to be compressed when deflated to really work imo. FWIW - I can lift my front end about 1.5" with them. My unloaded front axle weight is 3,500 pound and 5,000 pounds with a full load, so that's probably even more than your rear axle.
carringb 10/28/19 01:10pm Towing
RE: In-Coil Airbags

They work for me. I have them them in the front coils, and the van goes up and down when they are inflated with a load. I generally fill them up after loading, but sometimes I leave them inflated between loads and it doesn't make a difference that I can tell. Beware that adding the load after initial inflation will make psi go up. So don't start at 50 psi. Maybe start at 25 psi, add the hitch weight, then check the current pressure.
carringb 10/28/19 11:33am Towing
RE: Remanufactured parts rant.....

Same here. When I was running the shop, I had a ton of remand starter and alternator failures. Remans are fine for getting back on the road, but for my personal cars I just buy new OEM-grade parts. Worst one was the AC compressor on the van. Original got oil started from a tiny pinhole leak where a loose line rubbed the firewall. Went through a couple of remans before finally putting in a new Denso compressor. It's a big jump in price, but since you have to replace the filter/drier each time, the reman gets more expensive fast.
carringb 10/27/19 10:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Class'C' E-450 Ford V10 lacks power?

One more thought... Make sure there isn't a rodent nest in the air cleaner! When I was running a shop, this was the number 1 cause for lack-of-power complaints. Especially in the fall.
carringb 10/24/19 06:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2020 Class'C' E-450 Ford V10 lacks power?

Nope. The E-series never got a power reduction. 1st thing to check is that nothing is obstructed. Some V10s a while back had a plastic flaps installed wrong, which would nearly completely obstruct the intake opening behind the grill. The next thing I'd check is visually verifying nothing on the exhaust has been crushed. Other than than, probably best to schedule an appointment with Ford.
carringb 10/23/19 07:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Upgraded my tow vehicle, do I still need a WDH?

If you are under the "weight carrying" tongue weight rating on your hitch receiver, I'd skip it on your setup. But it probably requires WD over 500 pounds, and I suspect you actual tongue weight is above that.
carringb 10/23/19 05:57pm Travel Trailers
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